National Taxonomy Research Grant Program

National Taxonomy Research

What is the National Taxonomy Research Grant Program?

The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) National Taxonomy Research Grant Program is an initiative that provides grants for research into taxonomy and systematics and to support the training and/or recruitment of taxonomists.



Grants are awarded for projects with the primary aim of undertaking research into the taxonomy of the Australian biota. ABRS has a number of Priority Areas for Research Grants, applications submitted are required to address at least one of the Priority Areas as detailed in Appendix A of the program guidelines. ABRS aims to support the highest quality research in the field of taxonomy and systematics that also aligns strongly with the ABRS Priority Areas for Research Grants.

Seven grant categories are available to applicants, each designed to support research projects of differing levels of complexity and to support researchers at different stages of their career. Grants will be available to support both early and established career researchers to undertake research
projects, including Postdoctoral Fellows. Grants are also available to support tertiary students studying taxonomy, including Honours Scholarships, Masters Scholarships and PhD Scholarship Support Grants for PhD students. Non-salaried Researcher Grants are also available to allow the completion of projects by non-salaried researchers. The maximum number of grants in each category varies each year based on the ability to fund research grants (see section 3.1) and the calibre of applications.



The National Taxonomy Research Grant Program is the only grant program in Australia that is targeted towards the support of research into taxonomy, to:

  • improve our knowledge of the Australian biota through targeted taxonomic research
  • increase funding for taxonomy through enhanced co-funding opportunities
  • build Australia’s taxonomic capacity by supporting tertiary research training and early career researchers.

Benefits of the program include:

  • increased support for students and early career researchers (including provision for retired taxonomists to mentor younger researchers through support for non-salaried researcher positions)
  • provision for major, national-scale investigations incorporating multiple researchers and institutions.



For this grant opportunity up to $665,000 (GST exclusive) is available per year, from an overall budget of $2,030,000 (GST exclusive).

The amounts specified for Research Grants are the maximum amounts available. Applicants are expected to submit a 3-year project budget as part of their application that is tailored to deliver the proposed research outputs and outcomes. Careful consideration of value for money should be made in developing this budget based on the nature, complexity, required personnel and anticipated expenses.

Funding for Scholarships, PhD Scholarship Support Grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships are set amounts. Where an applicant applies for an Honours or Masters Scholarship and chooses to study part-time, funds will be split over the 2 years.

The ABRS may vary the proportion of funds available under each round of the program based on funding received, out-year commitments and the number of applications received per stream. The remaining funds are used to meet out-year commitments for existing grant projects and for other one-off grants and contracts.

Co-funding is a requirement of Research Grants, Early Career Researcher Grants and Postdoctoral Grants. The co-funding must also be a minimum of 50% of ABRS annual payments, for example, if $30,000 is sought in year one, and $20,000 in both years 2 and 3 (totalling $70,000) then a minimum co-funding of $35,000 would be required over the life of a project.


Eligible Projects

You can only spend the grant on eligible expenditure you have incurred in relation to the proposed research project. You must incur the expenditure on your project between the start date and end or completion date for your grant activity for it to be eligible.

Postgraduate students may receive stipends from the NTRGP Research Grant funding provided, as well as for other support such as fieldwork expenses and miscellaneous consumables.

For Honours and Masters Scholarships and PhD Scholarship Support Grants, all grant funding must be used to supplement research costs. Funding from these grants cannot be used to supplement daily living costs but can, however, be used for accommodation related to fieldwork.

Applicants for Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants may include their own postdoctoral salary if the institution is not already paying their salary. However, the ABRS does not designate rates for postdoctoral salaries. Rates will vary from institution to institution and the appropriate rate is that which is designated by the administering institution. Salary on-costs can be included up to a maximum of 28%.

When completing the application budget, salary (plus salary on-costs) may be included as cofunding. However, when applications are assessed, if 2 projects are of equal scientific merit a project with a cash co-funding contribution will be weighted more heavily than that of a salary cofunding contribution.

Students/researchers should also include any ‘in-kind’ support from their host institution (if applicable).


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible researchers and institutions must be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Non-Corporate Commonwealth Statutory Authority
  • Commonwealth Company
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
  • Local Government
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Sole Trader
  • Statutory Entity
  • Partnership
  • Person
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust
  • Unincorporated Association.



Applications close 18 December 2020.


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